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Takashi Shimizu (“JU-ON”) takes you to a “HOWLING VILLAGE”; U.S. release info, trailer & poster

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | News


It’s not another werewolf sequel, thank goodness, but the Japanese fright specialist’s latest venture into the supernatural.

Dread will release HOWLING VILLAGE to select theaters August 13, VOD August 17 and Blu-ray September 14. Written (with Daisuke Hosaka) and directed by Takashi Shimizu, the filmmaker behind the JU-ON/THE GRUDGE franchise, it stars Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryota Bando, Megumi Okina, Renji Ishibashi. The synopsis: “After her brother goes missing, Kanade, a young psychologist, visits his last known location, an infamous haunted and cursed site known as ‘Howling Village,’ to investigate his disappearance. Her investigation reveals that the village’s mysteries are connected to her family and works to uncover her family’s dark history.”

“I’m thrilled that HOWLING VILLAGE will now be reaching audiences in the United States and Canada,” says Shimizu. “I know that there is a passionate community of genre lovers eagerly awaiting the release. I am extremely excited to partner with Dread and levelFILM.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).